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Group of Irish schoolchildren victims of 'brutal' attack in Manchester

The Trafford Centre, where the incident took place
The Trafford Centre, where the incident took place

A group of 14 Irish students were verbally and physically attacked in Manchester on Sunday, an incident described by the local police as 'brutal'.

The students were attacked in the car park of the Trafford Centre, a large shopping centre in Manchester.

The schoolchildren were set upon by about 40 youths, and though none of the injuries sustained are believed to be serious five boys were treated in hospital.

Portadown College pupil Craig Chambers told the BBC that one student had broken his elbow, and that others were treated for concussion.

"We were just walking out of the Trafford Centre to go to the bus and a group of people from Manchester, who were all about the same age as us, came behind us and just started a fight, basically," he told the BBC.

"We were completely outnumbered and they just started a brawl."

Inspector Fahar Zaman from Greater Manchester's Trafford Division told the Belfast Telegraph: "This was an unprovoked attack on some young people who were visiting our city. It is disappointing that the memories they are left with will be of this brutal attack.

"We are working with the Trafford Centre to gather evidence and we are following some positive lines of inquiry to find those responsible.

"We are treating this incident very seriously and are appealing for anyone who was in the area or may have seen anything to get in touch."

The students attacked were part of a group of 44 pupils and staff of Portadown College who had been in city on Sunday for the Manchester derby between United and City.